Welch Avenue Reconstruction Begins May 4; Lincoln Way Lane Closures during First Phase
The reconstruction and redesign of Welch Avenue, from Lincoln Way to Chamberlain Avenue, will begin on Monday, May 4, with infrastructure improvements along Lincoln Way. The entire project will include replacing original infrastructure that is more than a century old, along with Welch Avenue pavement reconstruction and water quality improvements.
The City of Ames has contracted with Con-Struct Inc., for this project. Subcontractor On-Track will begin the first stage of construction Monday, weather permitting, at the intersection of Lincoln Way and Welch Avenue. Westbound traffic will be shifted to head-to-head traffic on the eastbound lanes from Stanton to Hayward Avenues for approximately two weeks, then eastbound traffic will be shifted to head-to-head traffic on the westbound lanes. These improvements are expected to take a total of three to four weeks to complete.
Special features of the new Welch Avenue will include bike lanes in both lanes, permeable pavers and tree trenches for improved stormwater management, and extended sidewalks. The entire project is anticipated to be completed by the end of November.
“We are excited for the opportunities this project will bring to the Campustown District,” said Karin Chitty, executive director of Campustown Action Association. “We believe the final product will provide a more safe, welcoming environment for all to enjoy.”
Throughout the construction, access will be maintained to businesses along Lincoln Way and Welch Avenue. Parking will be available along Chamberlain Avenue and at the Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave.
Following the completion of underground utilities improvements at Lincoln Way and Welch Avenue, construction will continue south on Welch to Chamberlain Avenue. During these stages of the project, sections of the road may be closed at times, but sidewalks and access to CVS and Kingland will always remain open. More updates will be provided as construction proceeds.
In response to concerns regarding COVID-19, the City has instructed inspectors and the contractor to maintain a social distance of at least six feet, use gloves when necessary, and to stay home when they are sick. Saw cutting of joints in newly poured pavement and existing pavement for removal is critical, and it will be disruptive. The contractor will start saw cutting early in the morning prior to businesses opening hours.
Those in the area should take note of construction activity and allow extra travel time as delays may occur. For safety reasons, please keep children and pets away from the construction zone.